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Here's a scary thought: As idiotic Men's Majestic Boston Red Sox #41 Chris Sale Replica Green Salute to Service MLB Jersey as Hunter Strickland's actions were Monday night, he might have gotten off scot-free if not for Bryce Harper. In case you were busy playing with http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-41-chris-sale-jersey.html your fidget spinner and didn’t hear what went down in San Francisco, here's the SparkNotes version: Against the Giants in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland, including one where he took a nice, long look as it was sailing out of the park and then proceeded to have words with Strickland as he rounded the bases. On Monday, in Jose Barea #11 Youth jersey their first meeting in nearly three years, Strickland took his first name a little too seriously and drilled Harper in the hip with a 98 mph fastball on the very first pitch. Harper charged the mound, throwing his helmet and some punches. Strickland returned said punches, benches cleared and chaos ensued. In retrospect, it's not hard to connect the dots, which is why MLB wasted little time in doling out suspensions to both players Tuesday afternoon. Harper got four games, which based on http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-11-jose-barea-jersey.html precedent sounds about right (Manny Machado got four games for his role in a similar incident last season). And Strickland got six games, which seems a little light, considering that amounts to about two or three innings missed for a reliever, as opposed to Harper's 36 innings. But let's imagine that Harper had never charged the mound in the first place. Let's pretend that instead of blowing a gasket, Harper simply laid down his bat and took the base that he'd just over-earned. What then? Would home-plate umpire Brian Gorman have issued a warning to Strickland and the Giants and/or the Nationals? Maybe so, given that the projectile in question was upper-90s cheese right at the hip on the first pitch of the at-bat. Then again, maybe not. After all, it had been 965 days since Harper's homer against Strickland. As much as umpiring crews try to prepare for this kind of stuff, keeping abreast of recent developments between certain teams and certain players (see: Red Sox and Orioles), the statute of limitations in this particular case was like a gallon of curdled milk -- way past the expiration date. That being the case, you could hardly blame the men in blue if, in the absence of Harper's hysterics, Strickland had gotten off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. And what then? Let's say Strickland received only a warning. In that case, there's a better than sporting chance that a Nationals pitcher would have returned the favor and plunked a Giants hitter. Maybe it would've happened Authentic Rod Carew #29 Womens jersey immediately, with Oliver Perez or Shawn Kelley, both of whom pitched for Washington in the bottom of the eighth, beaning Giants cornerstone Buster Posey, who, in fact, batted in the bottom of the eighth. Maybe it would've happened later on in the series. In either case, according to baseball's increasingly anachronistic unwritten rule book, justice would've been served, all accounts would've been settled and everybody involved would've moved on. Except for one not-so-small detail: Strickland would've gotten away with it. That bears repeating. 'm not here to justify Harper's behavior. As a parent of three young boys, all of whom play baseball, I wish he had just dropped the bat and taken his base. I wish I didn't have to sit there in front of the computer with my three sons, watching the clip repeatedly and explaining to them -- or trying to -- why any of this happened. At the same time, it's hard to fault Harper for reacting the way he did. After all, it was the heat of the moment, and he's a competitor, almost pathologically so. Not to mention, if Strickland misses a little bit in the wrong direction, Harper's career (or more) could have been jeopardized. And, oh by the way, it’s been three years. But perhaps the best http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-29-rod-carew-jersey.html justification for Harper's actions is that it resulted in Strickland getting the suspension he deserved. It's a shame that it took Harper charging the mound for it to happen. You can make all the predictions you want in spring training, but none of that matters when the games start. Now that it is more than a quarter of the way through the season, the hot and cold starts become legitimate indications of where teams will end up in October. Are the Astros and Rockies the best teams in baseball? Which rebuilding team is ahead of schedule? Who is going to make a run before the All-Star break? Our experts make their predictions.
May 30 '17 · 0 comments
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May 30 '17 · 0 comments
New England Patriots Men's Premier Reebok Scott Hartnell Navy Blue Home Jersey - #43 NHL Columbus Blue Jackets quarterback Tom Brady will head to China next month, the starting point of a six-day Asian tour he has scheduled as a representative of Under Armour. To promote his branded recovery sleepwear, Brady will hold clinics in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo from June 18-22. Make no mistake. This is the kind of international campaign http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-scott-hartnell-jersey reserved for the most recognizable sports stars in the world. But it's notable, frankly, because this particular star is an NFL player. As the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings demonstrate, the NFL in a global sense holds nothing close to the dominance that it enjoys in the United States. Brady checked in at No. 21 on this year's list of the most famous active athletes in the world, compiled with a formula that uses data on endorsements, social media following and Google trends scores. He was one of only two Adidas Sergei Bobrovsky Youth Jersey NFL players in the top 50 -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ranked No. 47 -- in what was an accurate depiction of the NFL's challenge in pursuing its goal of developing 400 million international fans. For context, consider that the top 50 included 19 soccer players and nine from the NBA. Two cricket players ranked ahead of Brady. David Schwab, an executive vice president at Octagon who develops global marketing strategies for celebrities and brands, said the rankings reflect the NFL's current place in the worldwide http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-sergei-bobrovsky-jersey sports marketplace. "The drawback of the NFL is the domestic nature of the games played," Schwab said, "along with the television coverage and the participation at a youth level. It's not a sport that people are playing internationally, or really even seeing a lot of relatively. If you take a sport like basketball, you have more international players in the NBA, you have the Olympics component and heavy participation around the world." Indeed, the NBA has a two-decade head start in Asia. Its superiority is especially notable in China, a country of 1.4 billion people that heavily influenced the ESPN 100 list. Not a single Major League Baseball player made the cut, for instance, reflecting its minimal impact in China despite heavy interest in Japan and Korea. Kobe Bryant's first promotional trip to China came in 1998, nearly 20 years Adidas James Van Riemsdyk Youth Jersey before Brady's. Yao Ming's 2002 arrival with the Houston Rockets further spurred Chinese interest, as did regular corporate visits from stars such as Bryant, Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NFL has struggled to gain a foothold in a country that, in U.S. sports terms, is the equivalent of 1.4 billion potential new fans. There is a smattering of independent efforts to build a participation base, but it remains at the lowest of grass-roots levels. I spoke last year to Zach Brown, a former Arizona State player who helped start a club-level Chinese league earlier this decade. How did he recruit players? By handing out business cards on Shanghai streets that read, in Chinese: "I play American football. You look like a dude who could play. Contact us here." Efforts to accelerate NFL interest there, most notably via a preseason game, have been met with internal resistance. Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president for international, has hopes of staging at least a "one-off" exhibition that would deposit NFL-branded football in front of Chinese eyes, but logistics have proved difficult In the http://www.authentictorontomapleleafs.com/authentic-james-van-riemsdyk-jersey meantime, the NFL is laboring to find its own Yao. Its U.K.-based international office engineered the process that got German receiver Moritz Bohringer drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. Bohringer spent 2016 on the Vikings' practice squad, and last week the league placed four European players on NFC South practice squads for the season. "That provides individual human-interest points for a particular fan base," Schwab said. "But if you can't regularly watch what they're doing on TV, and on a day-to-day basis you don't live or know the sport, it's hard to maintain the relevance." So how has Brady found room in this unlikely space? It's not simply the fact that he has been the 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback on a team that has played in seven Super Bowls, winning five, during the past 15 years. He also has pursued, in an overt way, an international sponsorship model. While other quarterbacks largely have paralleled the NFL's own list and style of corporate sponsors (think: Peyton Manning's work with Papa John's and Nationwide Insurance), Brady is following what you might call the David Beckham model. He has teamed up with "lifestyle" brands such as UGG, Tag Heuer, Stetson and Aston Martin. And Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, provides the same kind of global relevance as Victoria Beckham. Brady, however, is the clear exception for a league of mostly hidden faces from an international perspective. On the surface, the ESPN World Fame 100 list might seem to reflect a massive opportunity for NFL growth. But a closer inspection illustrates what appear to be significant obstacles. Football is king in America, but fans around the world are more likely to identify with top stars in soccer, the NBA, cricket, track and field, golf, tennis and even MMA.
May 30 '17 · 0 comments
BOSTON -- Catch a whiff of this: Five Devin Harris #34 Womens jersey Boston Red Sox pitchers combined to tie a major league record for strikeouts Thursday night. Drew Pomeranz, Heath Hembree, Robby Scott, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel punched out 20 Texas Rangers http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-34-devin-harris-jersey.html batters in a 6-2 victory to complete a series sweep at Fenway Park. It marked only the sixth time a team recorded 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Red Sox have accounted for half of those instances. "That's a lot [of strikeouts]," said Pomeranz, who was responsible for 11 of them, tying his career-high. Barnes, who fanned two batters in the eighth inning, said: "To be honest with you, I didn't have any idea. We just knew we had a lot. It's pretty cool." But the way the Red Sox reached the mark was every bit as rare as the feat itself. Kimbrel opened the ninth inning by striking out Nomar Mazara on a pitch that hit Mazara on the back foot. The ball kicked away, Mazara dashed to first Xander Bogaerts #2 Authentic jersey base, and home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild ruled it a wild pitch. Red Sox manager John Farrell requested a video review but was told by crew chief Alfonso Marquez that the play was not reviewable. Mazara was permitted to remain at first base and Kimbrel struck out the next three batters, his second career four-strikeout inning, bringing the team total to 20. If Mazara had been called out, the Red Sox would've wound up with 19 strikeouts. In any case, Red Sox pitching overpowered the Rangers, with Pomeranz setting the tone by striking out seven of the first nine batters. It was quite a turnaround from his previous three starts. Pomeranz got knocked out after four innings by the Milwaukee Brewers on May 9, left a May 14 start against the Tampa Bay Rays after three innings with forearm tightness and needed 97 pitches to complete four innings Saturday at Oakland. "I've been working hard all week trying to clean up my mechanics a little bit, trying to get back to the way I was throwing last year," Pomeranz said. "Along with http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-2-xander-bogaerts-jersey.html that comes pitch usage. I threw my slider/cutter a lot more today, and I was throwing a couple changeups. I pretty much was throwing everything for strikes." When Pomeranz pitches so effectively, the Red Sox's rotation is formidable, particularly if David Price is able to make a successful return next week from a spring training elbow issue. Kimbrel, meanwhile, has been an exclamation point at the end of Red Sox games, piling up 40 strikeouts against only two walks in 20⅔ innings. He has a 0.87 ERA and 12 saves in 13 opportunities. "The guy strikes out the world," Barnes said. "You guys see his numbers as well as I do and watch the game just as closely as we do. What he's doing right now, I've never seen anything like that." Red Sox fans of a certain age had never seen 20 strikeouts in a game, either. Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 18, 1996, and the Seattle Mariners on April 29, 1986. The other 20-strikeout games were accomplished by Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998, for the Chicago Cubs against the Houston Astros), five Los Jason Castro #21 Authentic Angeles Angels pitchers (Sept. 25, 2012, versus Seattle) and Max Scherzer (May 11, 2016, for the Washington Nationals versus Detroit). “Tonight was just an outstanding display of pitching from the mound," Farrell said. "Every guy that walked to the mound.” PHILADELPHIA -- In the first inning of Wednesday's game, Cesar Hernandez put together what appeared to be a textbook leadoff at-bat. The Philadelphia Phillies second baseman fouled off three straight fastballs from Colorado Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, then eyeballed a curve before lining a 90 mph cutter into the glove of a perfectly positioned Trevor Story at shortstop. The month of May has been a slog for Hernandez and his team, and it would have been understandable http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-21-jason-castro-jersey.html if his mind lingered on his misfortune and he took his bad luck onto the field with him. But baseball provides few opportunities for daydreaming or self-pity. Larry Bowa, Philadelphia's bench coach and Hernandez's infield tutor, reminds him of that every chance he gets. And sometimes the game serves up reminders, in the middle of nowhere. In the top of the second inning, Colorado's Gerardo Parra smoked a ball up the middle. It looked like trouble -- until Hernandez hit the dirt, backhanded the ball and flipped to shortstop Freddy Galvis, whose throw to first base survived a replay challenge to give the Phillies an inning-ending double play.
May 27 '17 · 0 comments
PITTSBURGH -- It took Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Womens Jersey a couple of overtimes against a relentlessly resilient Ottawa Senators team, but the reigning champs will get their shot at a repeat. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game to beat http://www.authenticnikegiantshop.com/Odell-Beckham-Jr-Jersey the Senators 3-2 in double overtime during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. It sets up a Stanley Cup finals in which we'll either see the first back-to-back Stanley Cup winner in the salary-cap era or the first Stanley Cup in the history of the Nashville Predators franchise. How it happened: The Penguins pressured consistently in the third period and both overtimes, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson was outstanding again until the Kunitz goal. Anderson finished with 39 saves. A big moment came when the Penguins got a third-period power play on a soft call on Dion Phaneuf, who was called for interference on Phil Kessel. The two former teammates had been going at it all series, and Kessel ended up getting the better of his good friend in this case. Just 25 seconds into the power play, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz beat Anderson in large part because of a nice screen from Kunitz, who played his best game of the series. Game 7 was the first game for Schultz since he was injured early on in Game 2. Rapid-fire offense: Kunitz also opened the scoring in the second period, scoring his first goal Authentic Nick Vigil Womens Jersey of the playoffs on a nice pass from Conor Sheary. With the building rocking and the fans eager to build off it, the Senators struck right back. Mark Stone scored his fifth goal of the playoffs just 20 seconds later, stunning the crowd and immediately eliminating any edge an early lead would have given the Penguins. The Senators would strike quickly again after the Penguins took a brief lead in the third. The Kunitz goal was his first playoff goal since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2016 against the Lightning. According to Elias, the 20 seconds between goals was the fastest in a Game 7 since Jeff Carter and Patrick Sharp scored in the classic 2014 Western Conference finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. What's next: The well-rested Predators will face the Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at 8 p.m. ET on Monday in Pittsburgh. The Stanley Cup finals between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins promise to be a fast-paced, hard-hitting, entertaining series between a pair of well-coached http://www.bengalsshopfootball.com/bengals+nick+vigil+jersey teams. It will feature two of the NHL's greatest players of all time (Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) facing Conn Smythe Trophy favorite Pekka Rinne and a swarming Predators defense led by P.K. Subban and Roman Josi. Here's a player-by-player ranking of each team's playoff roster heading into Game 1 on Monday night (8 p.m. ET) in Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby, center, Penguins. Yes, Malkin leads all NHL players with 24 points in 19 playoff games, but the Pens' 29-year-old captain finds a way to elevate his game when needed most -- like when he set up Chris Kunitz's game winner in double overtime on Thursday night. Evgeni Malkin, center, Penguins. It's hard to imagine Crosby having as much success in his career without Malkin and the attention he receives from opposing defenses. No forward in the NHL protects the puck as well as Malkin, who uses Authentic Michael Wilhoite Womens Jersey every bit of his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame to create offense and wear down defenses. Pekka Rinne, goaltender, Predators. Criticized for being inconsistent throughout his career, Rinne has been lights-out in these playoffs, with a 12-4 record, 1.70 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts. He never gives up on a play, can handle the puck like a third defenseman, and at 6-foot-5 is nearly impossible to beat up high. Filip Forsberg, left wing, Predators. Acquired from the Washington Capitals in 2013 in exchange for disgruntled forward Martin Erat, Forsberg has been the Preds' best forward in the postseason (8 goals, 7 assists in 16 games) and will need to be at his best with center Ryan Johansen (thigh surgery) out for the remainder of the playoffs. Roman Josi, defense, Predators. He may be overshadowed by the more flamboyant Subban, but http://www.officialauthenticnfl49ersshop.com/authentic-michael-wilhoite-jersey.html Josi can dictate the pace of the Nashville offense and is second on the team behind Forsberg with 52 shots in 16 playoff games. Matt Murray, goaltender, Penguins. He was injured during warm-ups before the Penguins' playoff opener and missed 15 games. But Murray hopped on a moving train in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, replacing Marc-Andre Fleury, and never seemed to miss a beat, surrendering just seven goals in five games. Murray, 23, has already won a Cup and is the fresher of Pittsburgh's two starting goalies.
May 26 '17 · 0 comments
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- It was in the middle Men's Premier Reebok Jake Gardiner Royal Blue Home Jersey - #51 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs of a game in Seattle in the middle of the 2014 season, and Charles Woodson and Marshawn Lynch met in the middle of a pile. Woodson, as was his wont, was furiously trying to rip the football out of Lynch’s grasp ... to no avail. “You could tell how tight of a vice grip he had on that ball,” Woodson recalled Adidas Sam Gagner Authentic Jersey this week with a laugh. “Nah,” Lynch told Woodson as the play ended. “I ain’t going to let you get it.” You could say the same about Woodson and his old jersey number with the Oakland Raiders because 24, you see, is the Holy Grail of numbers in Silver and Blackdom. Or have you forgotten the good-natured, ahem, dialogues between Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown and future http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-sam-gagner-jersey Hall of Famer Woodson? I’m the real 24. No, I’m the real 24. Sure, 20 years passed between the end of Brown’s career in 1978 and the start of Woodson’s NFL tenure in 1998, and Bob Keyes, Lance Harkey, Ron Brown, Patrick Bates, Larry Brown and Michael Huff all have worn the digits since the Raiders began play in 1960. But none have really rocked No. 24 like Old Man Willie and C-Wood, ya dig? Which is why Lynch putting on that venerated jersey after coming out of retirement and being acquired from the Seahawks feels more like a passing of the torch than the handing over of an olive branch to a cranky Oakland fan base. Not that Lynch needed to ask Woodson for his blessing, but tires definitely were kicked. “Before Marshawn even thought about coming back [Woodson] came to one of our events and I took a picture with him and I said, ‘Hey Charles, if Marshawn comes to the Raiders, can he wear that 2-4?’” Lynch’s mother Delisa told the Raiders’ flagship radio station 95.7 The Game. “He said, ‘Yeah, Momma.’ So I knew then that he wasn’t going to mind.” Mind? Woodson is flattered. “I’m excited Adidas Scott Hartnell Womens Jersey about it for Marshawn to have a chance to come home and play in front of friends and family,” Woodson said. “That number 24, that’s something special with the Raiders. I don’t think there’s anybody more worthy than Marshawn to wear that number.” Woodson and Lynch both retired after the 2015 season, with Woodson joining ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew as an analyst before and after games. So what’s his analysis of the erstwhile Beast Mode coming to Oakland, and whether the effervescent Lynch will be able to focus while playing at home in what will be his 10th NFL season. “We all like to have fun; that’s not going to be an issue,” Woodson said. “It would be different if he was a younger player just coming into http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-scott-hartnell-jersey the league. But he’s a seasoned pro now with a different perspective of the NFL. “It’s a positive and a plus to have him at this stage of his career. His main intention is to win a championship for Oakland.” Drafted fourth overall by the Raiders in 1998 after winning the Heisman Trophy at Michigan, Woodson played his first eight seasons in Oakland before going to the Green Bay Packers for seven years. He returned to the Raiders in 2013 and played his final three seasons as the face of the franchise. An icon for a fan base, Woodson would make an "O" with his hands to symbolize Oakland. Lynch, meanwhile, is Oakland, and is a vaunted piece -- no mere olive branch -- for a Raiders team that http://www.authentictorontomapleleafs.com/authentic-jake-gardiner-jersey just went 12-4 and got better in the offseason under the watch of general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio. Picking up Lynch, Woodson said, was a “business decision” for the Raiders, much like the team’s pending move to Las Vegas. “Reggie and Jack looked at it as solely taking that next step,” Woodson said. “It’s already a spectacular offense with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and those two young running backs (DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard) and a strong offensive line. I don’t think you’re going to see a better offense in the league.” So will Woodson again pick the Raiders and Packers as his Super Bowl favorites? “Why not?” he said with a laugh. “One of them has to win, right?” After spending 11 of his 18 years in the NFL in Oakland, Woodson has to have a reaction to news of the southern Nevada relocation, especially with Lynch coming to the East Bay on a two-year contract, yes? Yes. “They needed a stadium and it’s big business,” Woodson said. “It’s hard to hear, but you go where the financing is. The [Oakland] mayor wasn’t willing to give up money she didn’t have, so kudos to her, too. “But I’m also happy for Mark Davis, getting the stadium -- they need a stadium -- and moving the franchise forward.” Imagine, then, Lynch playing a big role in the Super Bowl in that number 24, much like Brown did on a 75-yard pick-six of Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl XI, or like Woodson did with his first-quarter interception of Brad Johnson in Super Bowl XXXVII. Woodson, in his now signature ascot, just might meet Lynch again -- in the middle of a Lombardi Trophy presentation.
May 26 '17 · 0 comments
CHICAGO -- Slowly but Men's Majestic Boston Red Sox #26 Wade Boggs Replica Green Salute to Service MLB Jersey surely, the Chicago Cubs are climbing the ladder that is the home run standings in the National League. Thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s two bombs off San Francisco Giants lefty Matt Moore on Wednesday night, his team now ranks sixth in homers, having caught the Cincinnati Reds, who have led Chicago all season. The Cubs are trailing http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-26-wade-boggs-jersey.html the National League lead by just 11 home runs, in fact. “It’s nice to see, as opposed to the rollover ground ball,” manager Joe Maddon said after the Cubs' 5-4 win. “Balls in the air. That’s the big thing right there. I think you’re going to see that out of more guys.” Maddon went on to praise Jason Heyward, who homered the night before. In this one, Heyward hit a long foul to right that the wind blew away from the playing field, then tripled off the wall and scored to provide the Cubs with a huge insurance run Authentic Trevor Plouffe #24 Womens jersey in the eighth inning. But it was Rizzo who impressed the most, hitting two of the first three pitches he saw from Moore out to right field. “I get on some streaks sometimes,” Rizzo said. “I want to be as consistent as possible. But you take it. You ride it out. You enjoy it.” What does this mean in the big picture? Well, if Maddon is right, a power surge could coincide with a return to normalcy for a starting staff that was so dominant last season. Kyle Hendricks went seven innings Wednesday, one day after Jon Lester threw a complete game. If both the big bats -- Kyle Schwarber hit a 460-foot home run on Tuesday -- and the starting pitching come around at the same time, watch out: The Cubs http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-trevor-plouffe-jersey.html could be the Cubs again. Rizzo was asked if this could be the start of something special. The 24-21 Cubs are 6-2 on their homestand with one game to play. “Why not?” Rizzo responded. “You have to put your head down. You can’t say, 'We’re going to go on a streak.' You put your head down and win one game at a time. ... You pick your head up, and next thing you know, you are where you are.” The Cubs are hoping that’s looking down at their opposition in the division. It has been a while since they could do that, but they’re slowly creeping closer to getting there. Rizzo made sure of that Wednesday, when he hit his 10th and 11th home runs of the season. It was the 14th multi-homer game of his career, and it came on a night when the wind was blowing hard from left to right. “It’s tricky,” Rizzo said. “You have to focus on taking a good swing and not worry about what that wind [is] doing.” It's not that Manny Machado has been terrible. I mean, he has 10 home runs, takes his walks and plays good defense. It's hard to complain about a player on pace for 36 home runs and 90 RBIs. But let's complain! He's 44 games into his season and hitting .218 with a below-average .308 OBP. Machado is supposed to be one of the game's elite stars, yet he ranks 106th Jason Kidd #5 Youth jersey out of 108 qualified regulars in wOBA. His recent skid -- he has hit .183 with four RBIs in his past 14 games -- coincides with the Baltimore Orioles' own skid. Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins dropped them to 3-10 in their past 13 games. Machado is clearly in a funk, one of those stretches when you're not seeing the ball, guessing wrong or flailing at pitches off the plate. He had a terrible at-bat in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to Ervin Santana, swinging at three pitches out of the zone, going down on a pitch that bounced a foot in front of home plate. Now, we're still early in the season, and a weeklong hot stretch could pull his numbers back up to the triple-slash line we're used to seeing from him, but I noticed even Orioles fans are a bit frustrated. Some tweeted about Machado, 24, not running out a grounder. We all know the direction of http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-5-jason-kidd-jersey.html the game in recent years: more strikeouts, more home runs, fewer singles. As Joe Sheehan just wrote in his newsletter, back in 1995 we saw strikeouts outnumber singles for the first time, with a difference of 313. Last season the difference was 11,443. This year, the projected pace is more than 13,000 more strikeouts than singles. Does that sound insane? It's a little insane. I'm with Joe: I don't think it's good for the game, if only because it's a less interesting game with less variety in the types of action that occur. That's another column. Back to Machado. Everyone wants to hit home runs. Machado, I think, is trying to hit home runs every time up. Remember his first full season in 2013? He began that season at 20 years old and was spraying doubles all over the place. At the All-Star break, he was hitting .310 with 39 doubles. The league caught up to him in the second half, but given his age and ability to make hard contact, I saw a guy who could develop into another Edgar Martinez. Maybe not with Martinez's plate discipline, but he had the same hand-eye coordination and ability to go foul pole to foul pole, and to hit .300 with a ton of doubles and 25-plus home runs as he matured.
May 26 '17 · 0 comments
FRISCO, Texas -- Undrafted rookie Men's #7 Nike Limited Matt Barkley Black NFL Jersey - San Francisco 49ers 2016 Salute to Service tight end M.J. McFarland caught a simple pass down the field Wednesday and was met with a loud reminder. It didn’t come from Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett or offensive coordinator Scott Linehan or tight ends coach Steve Loney. It came from Dak Prescott. “Tuck it. Tuck it,” Prescott told McFarland, telling http://www.authenticnikegiantshop.com/Nikita-Whitlock-Jersey him to secure the ball as he ran down the field to get ready for his next snap. As Prescott enters his second season as the Cowboys' starting quarterback, more is being put on him. Linehan is adding to the Cowboys’ system as Prescott becomes more proficient in all areas with a year of experience. Prescott also is being asked to take ownership of the team. A year ago at Mike Nugent Youth Jersey this time, Prescott was getting used to taking snaps from center and splitting time as the third-team quarterback with Jameill Showers. In his first organized activity as a rookie, he took two snaps in team drills. On Wednesday, he took five of the 12 snaps in team drills. Kellen Moore took three. Austin Appleby took two, and Cooper Rush had one. “I guess just being more outspoken,” Prescott said. “But just the way I handle my business, the way I go about every day, I don’t think much has changed. Just the fact that now when I say things, people are listening, and I have the floor to say things now. Last year, I was just being quiet and trying to fit my way in somehow or another.” He set 19 team rookie quarterback records in 2016. He http://www.bengalsshopfootball.com/bengals+mike+nugent+jersey tied an NFL rookie record with 13 wins. Yet Prescott says he can be “100 percent better” in everything he does. “Mentally, I think as a quarterback and pretty much at every position, the No. 1 way to get better is the number of reps," the 23-year-old said, "and just me having a good bit of those this offseason, I think it’s going to allow me to get better with my footwork, get better at the reads, get better going through things faster and being more accurate every day.” After Prescott earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award for his 23-touchdown season in which Dallas earned the best record (13-3) in the NFC, the trappings of being the Cowboys’ quarterback could've been overwhelming, but Prescott has not been caught up in the success. While enjoying what can come for someone in his position -- such as the Nikita Whitlock Youth Jersey sponsorship deals he has secured with Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Adidas and Beats By Dre in the past 12 months -- Prescott spent the early part of the offseason working out in Orlando, Florida, with strength guru Tom Shaw, who helped prepare him for last year’s draft. When the Cowboys reconvened in early March for captains workouts, Prescott was there, and he hasn’t missed a day. At offseason testing earlier this week -- vertical jump, a three-cone drill, bench press, a 20-yard sprint and flexibility -- Prescott’s numbers improved from his rookie year in every category. “He’s not resting on anything that went on last year,” quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. The Cowboys had that first inkling last year, when he told them that he would need a week to master the ability to take a snap from center, something he rarely did at Mississippi State. Although he was a fourth-round pick, he quickly became http://www.officialauthenticnfl49ersshop.com/authentic-marcus-martin-jersey.html the leader of Dallas' rookie group. When Tony Romo and Moore went down with injuries last summer, Prescott showed that he was ready for everything. As his second season begins, Prescott is making sure that he is ready for the encore. He is trying to get himself ready for every opportunity he has, as quarterback, in the meeting room, walk-through, practice, games, in the weight room,” Garrett said. “He is just one of those guys, and he is a great example for a coach to use with the other players on the team. They naturally follow him. They naturally see how he goes about everything, how ready he is for the chances that he does get.” If teammates see him working, the thinking goes, then they will work with him. If they see him taking accountability for his mistakes, then they will accept his criticisms when they err. It’s why Prescott took the time to remind McFarland, whose chances of making the final roster might be remote at the moment, to tuck the ball away. “I don’t look at what’s behind me,” Prescott said. “I look at where I want to go and what I can do. The only way I know is through hard work, so it’s just something that I continue to try to do.
May 25 '17 · 0 comments
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Just when the Ottawa Ryan Murray Jersey Senators look as if they're done, they find a way to keep going. They've plowed through injuries, deficits and blowouts just to keep their season alive another day. Facing elimination, they did it once http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-ryan-murray-jersey again in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals, this time wiping out an early deficit to push the Penguins to their second elimination game of the postseason. How it happened: A monster shot from forward Mike Hoffman gave the Senators their first lead of the game, ripping a shot just 1 minute, 34 seconds into the third period that beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray. The only reason the score was tied at that point was because Senators goalie Craig Anderson turned Adidas Sam Gagner Authentic Jersey in his best performance of the series. He made 45 saves, including a number on Sidney Crosby, who had a few good looks that Anderson turned aside. The only goal Anderson gave up was an incredible individual effort from Evgeni Malkin, who grabbed his own rebound and then went to the backhand to beat Anderson. Otherwise, Anderson was perfect, more than making up for the struggles in Game 5 that led to his early exit. Power-play breakthrough: It took a two-man advantage, but the Senators finally scored a power-play goal, their first of the series. Bobby Ryan's quick release on a one-timer beat Murray in the second period and gave the Senators their first power-play goal since Game 1 against the New York Rangers http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-sam-gagner-jersey on April 27. Controversy: For a few minutes, it looked as if a Penguins defenseman would open the scoring for the third consecutive game when Trevor Daley banged the puck past Anderson following a scramble in front of the net without a whistle. Daley was wrestling in the crease with Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and made contact with Anderson before scoring the goal. Senators coach Guy Boucher wisely challenged, putting the call in the hands of the referee and Toronto video room. It was determined that Daley interfered with Anderson, a borderline call but enough to wipe out an early Penguins lead. What's next: Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh The Ottawa Senators are one win from shocking the hockey world and (perhaps) ruining NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's appetite. A Stanley Cup finals series between the Senators and the Nashville Predators would feature two of the NHL’s smallest markets and two teams that were considerable long shots to still be playing in June. When Adidas Grant Fuhr Authentic Jersey the postseason began, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook pegged both teams with 30-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Only the Maple Leafs and Blues faced longer odds.f Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are sent home Thursday night, there will be limited star power in the Cup finals, especially compared with the likely NBA Finals matchup of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. No Alex Ovechkin, no Patrick Kane, no Jonathan Toews or even Connor McDavid. P.K. Subban moves the needle in Music City (the nation’s 29th-largest TV market), but other than Erik Karlsson, Senators players are not well-known among casual hockey fans. We could be looking at a matchup that will resonate like Edmonton-Carolina in 2006 or Anaheim-Ottawa in 2007. More than three decades after he tried his darnedest to grow a lustrous beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs, former New York Islanders forward Bob Nystrom remains amazed at how some http://www.authentictorontomapleleafs.com/authentic-grant-fuhr-jersey NHL players can sprout such lush expanses of facial hair at this time of year. "I had a few hairs on my chin and that was about it," Nystrom, now 64, said, laughing. The Islanders have been largely credited with launching the playoff tradition of growing beards during their illustrious run that resulted in four Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983, but that timeline actually appears to have several holes in it -- kind of like Nystrom's playoff beards. For one thing, those Islanders say they are honored that beard-growing has become a tradition, but it is not accurate to say that they started doing it as some sort of lusty team-building exercise. Nystrom said the beards were "just something that happened." Those Islanders teams were filled with superstitious players. "I can't even remember when it really started," Nystrom said. "It was just something that was just pretty automatic with us -- you get on a winning streak, you don't want to change a thing."
May 25 '17 · 0 comments
Twelve years of playing in Nike Michael Johnson Women's Black Limited Jersey: #90 NFL Cincinnati Bengals 2016 Salute To Service Boston have formed Dustin Pedroia's view that teams here are judged on an almost daily basis as either "whale s---," as he so eloquently put it the other day, or "the greatest of all time." Rarely, Pedroia says, is there any in-between. But this year's Red Sox are disproving the second baseman's theory. Just past the season's http://www.bengalsshopfootball.com/bengals+michael+johnson+jersey quarter mark, the Red Sox are 23-21, a half-game closer to first place in the American League East than they are to last. They have scored only 13 more runs than they have allowed. They haven't won more than two games in a row since a four-game run April 15-18, but they haven't lost more than three straight, either. They rank roughly in the middle of the pack in the AL in runs and slugging percentage and are dead last in home runs. Every five days, they send the best pitcher in the league to the mound. But in between Chris Marquess Wilson Jersey Sale's starts, there isn't anything approximating the must-see viewing that retired franchise icon David Ortiz provided for the past 14 years. The Red Sox have been maddeningly mediocre. Although they are hardly a lost cause, their $197 million payroll and collection of young stars were supposed to make them the class of the AL East. Instead, they are stumbling along in desperate need of something, anything to kick them into gear. With that in mind, here are three ways to turn the Red Sox into the team they were supposed to be -- or at least make them more interesting to a market that yawns at water-treading and .500 records.No need for Dave Dombrowski to wait until after Memorial Day to admit his two biggest offseason http://www.bearsnflofficialproshop.com/marquess-wilson-jersey-for-sale-c-27.html miscalculations: He underestimated how much the Red Sox would miss Ortiz and gambled on a bounce-back season from $95 million third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Last season, the Sox led the AL in scoring by more than 100 runs. They brought back nearly the same lineup -- led by Mookie Betts, Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- but are tied for sixth in the AL in runs after pounding the Texas Rangers 11-6 Tuesday night. Losing Ortiz was like flipping off the power switch. The Red Sox led the AL in doubles and ranked second in hits and on-base percentage. But they were eighth in slugging and eighth in total bases, which means they aren't getting enough extra-base hits to drive in runs. And they have hit only 38 homers in 43 games. Dombrowski will wait until Sandoval returns from the disabled list to pursue any big trades. But the Red Sox president must know by now that Sandoval isn't a reliable power source. He has only two 20-homer seasons in his career, and the most recent (2011) was a long time ago. Dealer Dave didn't dawdle last season in addressing Boston's pitching needs. He acquired lefty Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres two weeks before the trade deadline. As such, it comes as no surprise that the Red Sox have been scouting Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier. Here's an even better name: Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Like Frazier, he's eligible for free agency after the season, so he wouldn’t block 20-year-old top prospect Rafael Devers' path. But he's making $8.7 million (Frazier makes $12 million) and bats left-handed (Frazier is a right-handed hitter). Moustakas' 11 homers are four more than anyone in the Red Sox lineup has. Moustakas wouldn't make anyone forget about Ortiz. But plug his bat into the middle of Authentic Travis Shaw #47 Womens jersey the order, and watch more of those Bogaerts singles and Betts doubles turn into runs. Three out of every five days, manager John Farrell can count on a solid outing from his starting pitcher. As long as Rick Porcello, Sale and upstart lefty Eduardo Rodriguez continue to range from reliable to dominant, the Red Sox can afford not to rush David Price through his minor league rehab assignment. It's true that Price's impending return from a spring training elbow scare is paramount to Boston's fortunes, and the Red Sox don't want Price wasting bullets on a Triple-A mound when they need him to throw as many pitches as possible in the big leagues. But they also need Price for the rest of the season -- not merely http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-travis-shaw-jersey.html a handful of starts before encountering a setback. Price was neither efficient (65 pitches in two innings) nor particularly effective (three runs on five hits, including a home run) on Friday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. He is scheduled to start again Wednesday night with an eye toward joining the rotation next week in Chicago. If Price is able to pitch even to his level from last season, when he admitted he was more inconsistent than usual, it would go a long way to stabilizing the back of a rotation that presently features Pomeranz and the void that depth starters Brian Johnson, Kyle Kendrick and Hector Velazquez have been unable to fill.
May 25 '17 · 0 comments
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